Mini Apple Hand Pies

This weekend, after bleaching the litter boxes and shrink-wrapping the windows (because weatherizing doesn’t seem to be a [riority at our apartment complex), Sean and I decided to make a sweet. We usually opt for something chocolate, but I happened to have some puff pastry on hand that wasn’t used for its original intent (asparagus puffs… I may have eaten all the asparagus before we had a chance to puff them).

I spent some time searching Google, Food.com, and Pinterest, and finally found this recipe for yummalicious apple hand pies. And I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand. You should, too, (except for, maybe, the puff pastry) which makes them that much nicer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (17 ounce) package puff pastry (We needed two, and used Trader Joe’s and Pepperidge Farm)
  • 2 medium apples, cut up (I used Granny Smiths)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 beaten egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.Thaw puff pastry according to directions on package, then peel, core and chop apples up coarsely.
  2. Combine apples with sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Flour surface lightly and cut pastry sheet into nine 3×3 squares. (I used a ruler to mark and cut them.)
  4. Place approximately spoonfuls of apple mixture on each square and brush edge with beaten egg.
  5. Place second pastry square on the top of the already filled pastry to form a pocket. Press down border with fingers to seal and then press with fork to decorate the edges.
  6. Make a 1-inch incision into each pie.
  7. Place on ungreased cookie sheet covered with parchment and give each one an egg wash.
  8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden.
  9. Eat them all. At once. With vanilla ice cream!

 

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